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Budget amendment could save Saginaw police and fire jobs

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When the Saginaw City Council approved a new budget last week, it all but guaranteed drastic cuts to public safety by July 1. But Monday night, the city council passed a resolution that could save some police and fire jobs.

Fire Union Vice President Brandon Hausbeck says it shows the importance of public safety.

The city council passed a budget amendment stating any savings from union concessions will go to saving jobs at the police and fire departments.

The firefighters union has been negotiating with the city but terms of any possible concessions cannot be discussed.

"Moving forward, knowing that we have their confidence and their backing I see no reason why we can't get something accomplished," said Hausbeck. "The deadline for police and fire layoffs is quickly approaching but this vote of confidence still holds true even after those layoffs take effect."

City Council member Floyd Kloc introduced the proposal because he isn't comfortable with the number of positions that could be lost during layoffs. The fire department could drop down to 35 - that's something City Council and the unions don't want to see happen.

That's why a deal between the city and public safety unions could make all the difference.

Public safety staffing is set to drop to 55 police officers and 35 firefighters on July 1.

The fire department is also waiting on a federal grant that would save several jobs.

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